March 23 and 25, 2010, Islamic Feminism Lecture/Inside Islam Film Premiere
2010 Holden Lecture (print flyer)
Dr. Margot Badran
Islamic Feminism Today
Thursday, March 25, 2010
12:40 p.m., MUB 334/336
Professor Margot Badran will look at contemporary developments in Islamic feminism and trace its trajectory from the first appearance of this phenomenon in the early 1990s. She will discuss gender politics, Islam, secularism, and identity in global and local contexts, drawing upon her scholarship and vast personal experience in far-flung parts of the Muslim world.
Margot Badran, specialist in women and gender in the Muslim world, currently holds the Reza Khatib and Georgianna Khatib Visiting Chair in Comparative Religion at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn. She is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Fellow at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown. In her teaching, research, and writing she focuses on feminisms and related issues of human rights and democracy in Muslim majority countries in parts of Africa and Asia and in Muslim minority communities in both East and West. She is the author of many books including most recently, Gender and Islam in Africa (in press, The Woodrow Wilson Press); Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergences (Oneworld Publications, Oxford); Feminism beyond East and West: New Gender Talk and Practice in Global Islam (Global Media Publications, New Delhi); and Feminists, Islam, and Nation: Gender and the Making of Modern Egypt (Princeton University Press). She is presently writing a book on Islamic feminism looking at global and local campaigns and thinking within religious and secular frameworks.
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
12:40 p.m., MUB 332
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, a new documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the expertly gathered opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first major opinion poll, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization.
As part of a groundbreaking six-year project, Gallup conducted tens of thousands of interviews with residents in 35 predominantly Muslim nations, as well as smaller populations in Europe and the USA. The broad extent of the polling has delivered findings for the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims with a plus or minus accuracy of 3%.
Focused on the issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy –the film presents this remarkable data deftly, showing how it challenges the popular notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course. The film highlights a shared relationship that is based on facts – not fear.
Experts featured (A Partial List): Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, John Esposito, University Professor, Georgetown University, Rami Khoury, Editor of the Daily Star (Beirut), and Kenneth Pollack, Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute.
Running Time: approximately 55 minutes
Both the lecture and film are free and open to the public.
The Holden Lecture is supported by the John T. Holden Memorial Fund in the College of Liberal Arts, a Fund dedicated to bringing signal scholars in the social sciences to UNH.
This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Center for the Humanities, and the Department of Anthropology.